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Koa Kea Hotel & Resort
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Poipu
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“Definitely number one”
Reviewed 27 April 2014

What a fantastic place to while away the hours in Kauai. The property is on the beach, with a beautiful lawn equipped with ample deck chairs. Drinks are quite large and very well made, definitely worth the price. Staff is incredibly friendly, indeed quite charming people. Snorkel from the beach with lavish reef life just steps from shore. Monk seals frequent the beach just a short stroll away. Rooms are modern and very nicely appointed. Would not hesitate to stay there again.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

If you are staying in Poipu and looking for a more intimate hotel experience, this is the place. The best part of the property is the room. It is comfortable and beautifully decorated. Most balconies overlook the pool and the ocean view rooms are fine. It is clearly a place for couples but families are welcome. Unfortunately, preteen boys running around the small lawn daily proved to be a distraction during our visit. The restaurant, Red Salt is expensive and just average, compared to the other restaurant experiences we had in Kauai. Take a walk over to Roy's across the street instead. We also headed to the Marketplace store next door inside the Marriott to buy breakfast bowls and took them back to the room. Clearly, Koa Kea was a better choice than the larger hotels.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

This was our first visit to Kauai and chose the Koa Kea resort because of its smaller size and boutique style. I was a little nervous at first because I'm used to staying at bigger resorts with pools and entertainment galore.
From the moment we drove up to the Koa Kea we were greeted by Frank who welcomed us and recognized our names for check in. He escorted us to checkin where we were greeted, taken on a tour of the property, and our ocean view room. Room had amazing view with goose down comforter, very comfy bed, l'occitane products, fun shower, and very clean. I am very picky when it comes to hotel rooms. We got the breakfast-included package which was continental buffet and one hot entree off the menu. Omelette and French toast were great. The sunset can be seen from the beach in front of the property. There are surfers and surfing school available. Close to many restaurants (beach house was our favorite!)
To sum it up: amazing service, rooms, food and drinks. It is a smaller property but with great quality. Not many kids which was a plus. Not the place to come party and blast music either. If you're looking for a quiet get away with above and beyond service and amenities- this is the place!
We will definitely be back.

  • Stayed April 2014
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Los Angeles, CA
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

Having been to the island of Kauai 25+ time since 1972 I always knew about this property, but in the past it had been a low level motel that sat fenced off for many years after the last hurricance. I had stayed next door in the old Waiohai when it was a Stouffer 5 star hotel, many stays at the Hyatt Regency Poipu and honestly never thought I would ever stay here. After reading many reviews on Tripadvisor, my husband and I decided to give it a try for 5 nights after having spent 5 nights on the north shore at his favorite hotel in the world, The St Regis Princeville. There is no way to compare the 2 properties. I would recommend staying at both as they offer completely different experiences.

We stayed in a deluxe ocean front room #278 in the Eha wing, which is honestly the only room type I would book here. You are a stones throw away from the water and the sunsets from the room/balcony are amazing. It is truely the closest room I have ever had to the water in Hawaii. I was worried about privacy with a walkway outside, but it turned out not to be an issue. Overall the room was very nice and beachy, bed 5 star and the bathroom was MUCH nicer than the bathrooms at The St Regis!!!! We never heard our neighbors! Housekeeping was excellent. We received a lovely Hawaiian flower arrangement from management for our anniversary along with champagne and sweets. Very nice!

Our room came with breakfast in Red Salt each morning. While not usually breakfast people, we enjoyed different entrees each morning. As previous reviewers have stated, the banana muffins are to die for. Service was excellent.

We spent most of our days lounging by the pool and enjoyed the serenity of the all adult clientele . You do not have pool attendants who set up lounges for you here like you do in Princeville. We never had a problem getting a lounge with an umbrella. Some days food & drink service was good, other days it was lacking and we would just go and sit at the bar when we wanted another cocktail. Most of the food comes from Red Salts kitchen except for the hot dogs and panini's that the bartender made. The hamburger was one of the best poolside burgers I have had in awhile.

We had 1 dinner in Red Salt and 1 dinner in the lounge/bar area. Food was excellent on both occasions and service excellent. Looking back we wish we had eaten there another night instead of the terrible italian dinner we had at Casa de Ameci which with cocktails and wine was just as expensive as Red Salt.

We had a couples hot rock massage at the spa which was nice, but no frills. The spa was built into a few converted hotel rooms above the lobby. It is just treatment rooms...no relax rooms, steam rooms or the whistles and bells of other resort spas.

The bellman/valets were very friendly, called you by name and were always inquiring about your day/night.

Overall we really liked our stay here. It was very different from all the Hawaiian mega resorts we usually stay at. Yes, prices are high for the lack of resort amenities, but it was worth it to be that close to the sand. We spent $5,000 in 5 nights.

Our only real complaint has to do with the iprefer program and this hotel's interpretation of it. We joined after we had made our reservation through the hotels website and called the hotel to give them our number prior to checking in. We also gave them the number again upon checking in. Unfortuntaley we were never given credit for our stay. We spoke with iprefer customer service who said we should be given points and to call the hotel and ask for them. We did but were told by the hotel that we did not qualify as the number needed to be part of our initial reservation. My request to be put through to a manager was denied. I called back iprefer customer service and they told us to call the hotel back again and ask for the general manager, but we chose to let it go.

Room Tip: Only book Ocean FRONT rooms. The sand is right outside your balcony. The ocean view rooms look ove...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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virginia
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

Having visited all the other islands over the years, this was our first trip to Kauai. While I can't say we were impressed with the island overall, the Koa Kea was a very pleasant place to stay.
It is obvious by their service and amenities, that they are trying to compete with the "big guys".
Checkin and valet service were exemplary. The room, though on the small side, was comfortable and beautifully decorated. (My husband might argue the level of comfort of the bed....very soft feather beds made it difficult for him to sleep well)
Complementary bottles of Fiji water, L'Occitaine toiletries, turn down service, etc. were appreciated. Breakfast at Red Salt was enjoyable. The beach is a little small, and rocky in places. Though it may not be important to everyone, accessing the beach is not that easy for anyone with knee/leg impairments, or more elderly, like ourselves. It is a two step down from the grounds, each sandy step being over a foot deep. So we avoided the beach, and enjoyed a cocktail on the large grassy area instead. Having visited the St. Regis area in Princeville, I think I would recommend the Poipu area instead...more restaurants, hotels, better beaches, etc. We were glad we had the opportunity to visit Kauai, but Maui has our hearts.

Room Tip: We were in a garden view room on first level...There is a tall chain link fence separating the next...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Memphis, Tennessee
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

My wife and I began our honeymoon at Koa Kea. I had read the reviews and decided that it looked like it was located where I wanted us to be. It was "smaller" and more intimate than the national chains and I believed that the experience would be more personalized. I was correct. The room had a good partial view of the sea, and a lanai for eating snacks and drinking wine. The showers were big with plenty of room. The staff is overwhelmingly attentive. I highly recommend staying here. It is also located close to many attractions and/or ports to go on helicopter tours and boat tours.

Room Tip: Request what you want. If you want to face a certain direction, let them know.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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San Jose, California
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Reviewed 21 April 2014 via mobile

The Koa Kea Resort is the place we will always go back to on Kauai. The staff is so personable. Within 2 days they know you by name. Claudia at the Concierge desk was so helpful. Every bit of advice she gave us was spot on. The food was great. The view from our room was beyond perfect. They have a great beach and pool area. The rooms were nice and had the most comfortable bed ever! The only thing we could fault them on was the housekeeping was inconsistent. Things don't get replaced daily. We had to ask for things like toilet paper. Not the sort of thing you want to run out of. But this won't keep us from going back. The good outweighs one small inconvenience. We can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed April 2014
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Property: Koa Kea Hotel & Resort
Address: 2251 Poipu Road, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756-9534
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Region: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Poipu > Koloa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Poipu
#1 Romantic Hotel in Poipu
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Poipu
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Poipu
#3 Business Hotel in Poipu
#5 Family Hotel in Poipu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Koa Kea Hotel & Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 121
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Encounter the golden beaches of Ko`a Kea Hotel & Resort, an upscale 121-room boutique oceanfront property in sunny Poipu on Kauai's south shore. This intimate and romantic Hawaiian resort offers the island's closest hotel accommodations to the water, complemented by award-winning service that is both highly personalized and personable. ... more   less 
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